September 2019

Malnutrition Awareness Week

 

Malnutrition is a state of unbalanced nutrition. Malnutrition is often caused by poor diet and its symptoms include fatigue, dizziness, and weight loss. Untreated malnutrition may even cause mental or physical disabilities. There are two types of malnutrition: undernutrition & overweight and obesity. Wasting and stunting are the two largest consequences of undernutrition. The condition of low weight for height is known as wasting. This usually indicated a recent severe weight loss due to not eating enough or infectious disease that causes diarrhea. The condition of low height for age is known as stunting. This is due to chronic undernutrition associated with poor environmental conditions. Stunting holds children back from physical and cognitive development. Overweight and obesity is the other type of malnutrition. The issues that arise from this include heart problems, diabetes, etc.

Malnutrition Awareness Week was from September 23rd to September 27th. This week is a campaign created by ASPEN in order to educate healthcare professionals about the correct methods to identify and treat malnutrition as well as educate patients to discuss nutrition with their medical caregivers. ASPEN is an organization that is dedicated to improving patient care, specifically in matters related to nutrition.

It is important to be aware of malnutrition as it has no restrictions on who it can affect and it already affects millions of people. We should also take a hand in spreading relevant information about malnutrition.

Career Spotlight:

Nuclear Medicine Technician

Nuclear Medicine Technician

This is a medical professional who is highly trained in the operation of diagnostic imaging machines such as MRI, CT, and radiation sensitive cameras to help physicians diagnose illnesses.

 

They focus on administering small amounts of radioactive substances, called

radiopharmaceuticals, to patients to help them image specific locations in the body

 

Some of their responsibilities include:

1.  Reassuring the patient during procedures as well as obtaining relevant medical information to aid in diagnostics

2.  Administering radio pharmaceuticals and operation imaging technology

3.  Monitor patients’ conditions throughout procedures

4.  Collaborate with doctors to aid in diagnostics

5. Maintain and calibrate medical technology to fit the needs of the patient and situation

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